As the storm approaches the Sierra Nevada, more than a foot of snow could fall, with wind gusts up to 100 mph

MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA. Snow covers the road in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Mammoth Lakes, California. (Photo: MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

RENO, Nev. — The National Weather Service issued a California-Nevada advisory Saturday ahead of an early winter storm that could bring more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow to upper Sierra elevations and winds gusting up to 100 mph (160 kph) ) over the hilltops.

The winter weather advisory was in effect from 4 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday and extended from the Lake Tahoe area near Reno to south of Yosemite National Park, including Mammoth Lakes in California.

Three to 8 inches (7 to 20 centimeters) of snow was expected above 6,500 feet (1,980 meters) and as much as 14 inches (35 centimeters) above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters).

“Plan for slippery road conditions and poor visibility, and snowfall amounts will be 2.5 to 5 centimeters per hour (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in larger bands,” the Reno weather service said.

Strong winds could cause tree damage, snow drifts and unsafe navigation conditions on Lake Tahoe with waves ranging from 60 to 122 centimeters, he said.


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